Welcome To Northern Virginia Odyssey

Northern Virginia Odyssey has five Regional Boundaries.  This website supports the Odyssey of the Mind program in the lower part of Fairfax County and Prince William County known as Region 12 – NoVA South. To reach other regional websites, see links below.

Considering Odyssey of the Mind at Your School?    Check out our Coordinators page for information on “What is Odyssey of the Mind?” and “Coordinating an Odyssey Program.”  

What is Odyssey of the Mind?

New to Odyssey of the Mind, click here to watch last years closing ceremony montage video on Youtube. 

If your interested in starting the Odyssey of the Mind program at your school, Click here to access a wealth of information or contact our School Coordinator Liaison.


Coaches Training November 10, 2018 – Register Now!

Coaches Training will be held on November 11, 2017 at Liberty Middle School in Clifton, VA.  Check-in starts at 8:30 AM.  Training starts at 9:00 AM and will finish by 2:30 PM.  Bring your lunch, we provide coffee, water and soda.  Registration fee is $25.00 for each coach and assistant coach.  No charge for school coordinators.

Click here to register for Coaches Training

Click here if you’d like to submit suggestions on topics of interest during this coaches training.

Congratulations South County High School

About 850 teams represented their area in the largest creative problem solving program in the world.  The Odyssey of the Mind 39th World Finals was held this past Memorial day weekend at Iowa State University with teams competing from China, Hong Kong, Great Britain as well as all over the United States.  The SoCo Odyssey team was the first team from South County to ever make World Finals. The team received their state medals in Newport News where they were congratulated by the superintendent of Newport News schools.  At World Finals, South County High School received 18th place out of 53 competing teams in their problem division!!  Congratulations!

Congratulations Silverbrook Elementary School!

The Silverbrook Odyssey of the Mind team worked hard for months preparing for the regional and then state competition, and were thrilled to see that hard work pay off with the opportunity to represent Virginia Region 12 at the 2018 World Finals.  This team of extraordinary girls were in awe at the diverse groups of students from around the world who also share their passion for the Odyssey of the Mind program.  Attending and participating in the World Finals was truly an honor for these young ladies and the experience invaluable.  The girls were true professionals at their debut at the Odyssey World Finals, and we know they will use the gracious feedback from the judges at all levels of competition to improve and grow as they continue their involvement with the program.  Watching these girls become a true team has been rewarding and we could not be more proud of their accomplishments.  Thank you to Virginia Region 12 and everyone who makes the Odyssey of the Mind Program a success!  Coaches Melanie Cummings and Julie Lokitis

Congratulations Oak Hill Elementary School!

The Quacker Pan team from Oak Hill Elementary School was happy to represent Virginia Region 12 at the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals! This is the team’s first year together – but many of these girls are Odyssey veterans and for five of them, 2018 was their second trip to Virginia State Finals.  The girls loved watching performances at Worlds, trading pins, living in the dorms at Iowa State University and meeting teams from all across the country and from other countries. They want to thank all the volunteers at Oak Hill, our Odyssey Region 12 and our State association who make this program possible. As Wendy and Peter Pan learned in their skit – we all need more creativity and imagination in our lives! We thank Odyssey for making this possible. Coach Ginger Hawkins

Congratulations Ronald Regan Middle School!

Since their humble beginning as 2nd graders, the Reagan team has won four Regional first places (as well as 2nd and 3rd at Regionals), two Regional Ranatra Fuscas, two State first places (as well as 3rd and 5th at state finals), and now 2nd place at the World Finals (as well as 18th place at the 2015 World Finals). After making it to the World Finals in 2015, the Reagan team has been striving to return, but had unfortunate setbacks in 2016 and 2017 that left them just shy of advancing. Advancing to the World Finals this year is the product of long-term dedication by the team to reach their goals. Being able to attend and compete in the World Finals this year was their big goal. Winning 2nd place was icing on the cake. We are very proud of them! Coach Michael Heilen

2018 Odyssey World Tournament Scores

Coaches and Omers:  Remember, regardless of where your team placed, every team who participated is a World Finalist. 

In VA alone, 850 teams competed at region level; 120 at state level; 34 qualified for the World Finals. In the end, VA had 4 teams place within the top 6 positions and were mentioned during the Award Ceremony. 

  • Problem 3 Div 4 Montvale Library  – 1st Place
  • Problem 4 Div 2 Seneca Ridge MS – 1st Place
  • Problem 3 Div 2 Ronald Regan MS – 2nd Place <— Region 12 Team !!!!
  • Problem 5 Div 3 place Poquoson HS – 5th Place

After reviewing all the final scores for the 34 VA teams:

  • 16 teams placed in top 10 (47%)
  • 31 teams placed in the top 20 (91%)
  • 33 teams placed in the top 30 (97%) 
  • 1 team placed a very respectable 32nd place.

Given there are 45-70 teams in each division of each problem, this reflects extremely great performances by the entire VA Team!!  Click here for the 2018 Odyssey of the Mind Tournament Results.

David Tsuda
VOICES Association Director